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The Associated Press
AP Top Science News At 11:15 p.m. EDT

Spacecraft for tourists breaks up on test flight
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MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) -- A winged spaceship designed to take tourists on excursions beyond Earth's atmosphere broke up during a test flight Friday over the Mojave Desert, killing a pilot in the second fiery setback for commercial space travel in less than a week....

Space tourism rocket crash stirs mixed emotions
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The explosion of Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket ship is stirring up mixed emotions as scientists and others involved in the space industry wait for more details on what happened over the Mojave Desert on Friday....

A look at people killed during space missions
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo accident proved what astronauts and their families know too well: Space can be deadly....





China experimental moon orbiter returns
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Saturday successfully recovered an experimental spacecraft that flew around the moon and back in a test run for the country's first unmanned return trip to the lunar surface....

Wolf-like animal seen roaming in northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) -- An animal resembling a gray wolf has been spotted roaming the far reaches of northern Arizona, officials said Thursday, and tests are planned to determine exactly what it is....

Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time....

Rocket explosion setback for commercial space
CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (AP) -- Crews searched for scorched wreckage along the Virginia coast Wednesday in hopes of figuring out why an unmanned commercial rocket exploded in a blow to NASA's strategy of using private companies to fly supplies and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station....

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom _ and glut
TOKYO (AP) -- Like other Japanese who were banking on this country's sweeping move toward clean energy, Junichi Oba is angry....

2 arrested as people flock to Hawaii lava
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) -- Two Hawaii residents have been arrested for trespassing to see lava, police said Friday amid growing interest from people eager to witness the slow-moving flow....

Slow-motion disaster: Key facts about Hawaii lava
HONOLULU (AP) -- Lava that has entered a rural Hawaii town has been described as a disaster in slow motion. After months of creeping through uninhabited areas of the Big Island, it reached Pahoa this week, crossing a residential street, burning down a garden shed and inching toward homes and a main road that goes through downtown....